Devarim (Deuteronomy): Eikev > Ch 10

Moses retells how G-d allowed him to create a second set of tablets

  • At that time, the Lord said to me, "Hew for yourself two stone tablets like the first ones and come up to Me onto the mountain, and make for yourself a wooden ark, and I shall inscribe on the tablets the words that were upon the first tablets which you shattered and you shall place them into the ark. So I made an ark of acacia wood, and I hewed two stone tablets like the first ones, and I ascended the mountain, with the two tablets in my hand." And He inscribed on the tablets, like the first writing, the Ten Commandments, which the Lord had spoken to you on the mountain, from the midst of the fire, on the day of the assembly, and the Lord gave them to me. And I turned and came down from the mountain, and placed the tablets in the ark which I had made, and there they were, as the Lord had commanded me.

Aaron dies and Eleazar his son becomes the kohen. G-d chooses the tribe of Levi to serve Him and bless in His name.

  • The children of Israel journeyed from the wells of B'nei Ya'akan to Moserah; there Aaron died, and there he was buried; and Eleazar his son served as kohen in his stead. From there, they journeyed to Gudgodah, and from Gudgodah to Yotvath, a land with streams of water. At that time, the Lord separated the tribe of Levi to bear the ark of the covenant of the Lord, to stand before the Lord to serve Him, and to bless in His Name, to this day. Therefore, Levi has no portion or inheritance with his brothers; the Lord is his inheritance, as the Lord, your G-d spoke to him. And I remained on the mountain like the first days forty days and forty nights, and the Lord hearkened to me also at that time; the Lord did not wish to destroy you. And the Lord said to me, "Arise, go to lead the travels before the people, so that they may come and possess the land I promised their forefathers to give them.

And now, O Israel, what does the Lord, your G-d, demand of you? Only to fear the Lord, your G-d, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, and to worship the Lord, your G-d, with all your heart and with all your soul, to keep the commandments of the Lord and His statutes, which I command you this day, for your good.

  • Behold, to the Lord, your G-d, belong the heavens and the heavens of the heavens, the earth, and all that is on it. Only your forefathers the Lord desired, to love them, and He chose their seed after them you, out of all peoples, as it is this day. You shall circumcise the foreskin of your heart, therefore, and be no more stiffnecked. For the Lord, your G-d, is G-d of gods and the Lord of the lords, the great mighty and awesome G-d, Who will show no favor, nor will He take a bribe. He executes the judgment of the orphan and widow, and He loves the stranger, to give him bread and clothing. You shall love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt. You shall fear the Lord, your G-d, worship Him, and cleave to Him and swear by His Name. He is your praise and He is your G-d, Who did these great and awesome things for you, which your eyes have seen. With seventy souls, your forefathers descended to Egypt, and now the Lord, your G-d, has made you as the stars of heaven in abundance.